❤️ For the love of food and wine ❤️
Whether you're busy with menu planning for a romantic evening, or looking for the perfect wine match for a specific cuisine, our round up of food and wine pairings will have the answer. Click through to find your perfect pair.
Great guides to food and drinks pairing
Are you struggling with ideas about what to have for dinner? Or have you been invited by friends for a meal but you’re not sure what drinks to bring? Fear not, we have you covered in our guide to food and drinks pairing.
For the past nine years, we had a treasure trove right beneath our feet! We're sad to part ways with the Harpers Wine & Spirit: Get engaged archive, but are glad that this collection is going to a fantastic next custodian.
Harpers archive heads for California - Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade News
One hundred and forty-five years of trade history is soon to cross The Pond, as the Harpers archive moves to a new home at UC Davis. California’s...
In case you missed our bitesize session on Xarel·lo, click here to catch up on our webinar with Ferran Centelles DipWSET. We explore the unique attributes of Xarel·lo, including its integral role in traditional Cava production and its evolving presence in contemporary winemaking.
WSET Bitesize - What is Xarello?
Xarel·lo is a grape variety steeped in history within Catalonia. Join Ferran Centelles DipWSET in this introductory session to explore its unique attributes,...
If you are looking for new wines or tasting inspiration, our ever-growing wine and grape days calendar should guide you through the year - and through the wine regions of the world. Up next is International Syrah Day on 16 February, so share what you're drinking by tagging and 🍷 Cheers!
International wine and grapes days calendar 2024
Whether you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration for what to taste next or looking for something new, our 2024 calendar of wine and grape days should help guide some of your next wine choices.
❗ Do you want to be one of the first people EVER to complete our Level 1 Award in Beer?
🍺 There are only four spaces left on this one day course taking place at WSET School London, so make sure to register before 7 February.
💻 Simply click here for more information and to register for the course.
WSET Level 1 Award in Beer: Day course
This evening course is the perfect way for beginners to start exploring the world of beer. Book now.
📚 Whether you want to kick off your wine studies with our Level 1 Award in Wine, or are wondering about taking the leap to our Level 4 Diploma in Wines, this is the webinar not to miss!
🍷 Christine Kamine DipWSET and Jason Willis DipWSET expertly cover all of our wine qualifications, explaining what is covered at each level, how our Systematic Approach to Tasting progresses from one level to the next, and how your level of expertise will increase with each level.
💻 By the way, all our live webinars are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel.
Studying wine with WSET
Whether you work in wine, or just enjoy drinking wine, there’s a WSET qualification for you. This hour-long session will give you an introduction to the WSET...
📢 We're excited to announce more details about the second instalment of our industry talk series!
🤩 We have a panel of experts joining us for this session, so make sure to register to learn more from:
- Laura Richards, Editorial Director, IWSC - Club Oenologique
- Daniel l'Anson, Commercial Director, Everleaf Drinks
- Laura Willoughby MBE, Founder, Club Soda
- Irem Eren DipWSET, Business Development Director, BevZero
- Aneesh Bhasin, Co-Founder, Svami Drinks
💻 Click here to register: https://bit.ly/48JRpbP
Looking to upskill yourself this year? Our WSET Level 2 Award in Wines builds on the introductory knowledge gained during Level 1, and is suitable for industry professionals as well as wine enthusiasts. Francesca De Franco, a busy mom of three, recently took the leap to our WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, and shares her experience here.
Uncorking the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is the world's leading provider of drinks qualifications and provides courses in 74 countries. I have a real passion for wine. I love drinking it but I also have an interest in different grape varieties and terroirs, and its production. I'm always looking to....
❌🍷 Dry January? 🍷❌
If you're taking part in Dry January - congratulations, you're halfway through!
In case you don't know, Dry January involves giving up alcohol for the first month of the year, whether it's as a reset after the festive period or a fresh start to the new year.
Of course, Damp January has also started to make an appearance recently - having a drink only now and then. And with the growth of the low and no category, there are plenty of drinks to choose from.
So, who's taking part? 🙋 And are you in the dry or the damp category?
After an intensive taste test (it's a tough life here at WSET...), Lauren Denyer, one of our expert wine educators, put together her list of top Italian wine picks. And why should you be interested in Italian wines? Lauren explains: "Many wineries are family-owned with young winemakers now at the helm doing exciting and innovative things while embracing more sustainable vineyard practices.”
Click through for her insights into Italian wine, and share your favourite Italian wine with us in the comments 👇
Best Italian wines taste tested, from fruity Prosecco to rich Barolo
Find the perfect pairing for your pizza or pasta
🌿 𝙑𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙑𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙣𝙪𝙖𝙧𝙮 🌱
Have you ever heard of Veganuary? During January of each year, there is a renewed focus on the education surrounding veganism. And of course, wine lovers are also encouraged to take part by searching for more vegan wines. But what makes a wine vegan, and why are some wines not vegan?
What is vegan wine and how to find it
Why isn't wine vegan? What is it about wine and the production methods that make it non-vegan? Discover what you need to know about vegan wines, how to identify it and where to find it.
Our team of beer experts have put together their trends for 2024, and included:
✅ Reducing the environmental impact
🌏 The rising popularity of regional styles
🍺 The continued growth of the hazy IPA
💬 What are you looking forward to in the beer world this year? Let us know in the comments!
Our experts' beer trends for 2024
We’re delving into the dynamic world of beer, and taking a look at the trends for the new year. Our beer experts are weighing in on what’s to come in 2024, from the rise of genetically modified yeast in brewing, to the expansion of the no and low category. Malcolm Venter, WSET educator trainer a...
🍻 We're excited to share more about the launch of our brand-new courses, the WSET Level 1 and 2 Awards in Beer!
🎓 Perfect for beer beginners or those already at intermediate level, our Level 1 and 2 Awards in Beer will provide enthusiasts as well as hospitality experts with more product knowledge and beer tasting skills.
👀 For an introduction to the courses, an overview of the structure, and the benefits of beer training, take a look here!
☑️ Are you ready to sign up?
New industry recognised beer courses launched!
We're delighted to offer two brand new beer courses: WSET Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in Beer. We’re excited to bring our interactive learning style and uniq...
Exciting news! We're announcing the first course providers to offer our new Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in Beer. We're also running a series of bitesize beer webinars to celebrate the launch of our brand-new courses. Simply click the link for all the details. Cheers!
WSET announces first beer course providers
Beer has arrived! We’re excited to announce the first course providers to offer our new Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in Beer.
Are you considering signing up for our Level 4 Diploma in Wines this year? Join us for a free online session about our diploma centres in Manchester, Dublin, and Edinburgh. Our Diploma Course Director, Russell Dent DipWSET will offer you an overview of the course, including how studying for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines could benefit you and your career, and how WSET School London will support you throughout your studies. Simply click here to register for the event.
How to study the WSET Diploma in Manchester, Dublin or Edinburgh
A free online session for anyone who is thinking about enroling onto the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines in Manchester, Dublin or Edinburgh. Find out how studying for this industry-leading qualification could benefit you and how it works to study via one of our regional Diploma centres.
Thinking about completing the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines next year? This blog post offers a preview of our Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting, as well as an introduction to tasting wine.
How do you taste wine?
Why do you swirl wine before tasting? Why do professionals seem to "chew" wine while tasting? Find out how to taste and enjoy wine like a pro!
The time has come for the final instalment of our series on careers in the sake industry, ending with Sarah Stewart. A London-based sake educator, she divides her time between drinks education 🍶 and her work as a veterinary specialist 🐕
How to build a sake career: Sarah Stewart
Wondering what a sake qualification can offer you?
If you liked Riesling, why not try Assyrtiko? We’ve put together this short guide to give you some examples of similar styles and grape varieties so you can continue to seek out memorable wines that fit your taste preferences 🤩
If you liked that, why not try this?
Cast your mind back to the last wine you really enjoyed. Was it the aromas or the taste that hooked you? Did it have a full body that grabbed your attention or acidity levels that made you salivate?
Ready to enhance your winter drinks repertoire? Look no further than mulled wine - the ultimate winter warmer.
How to make mulled wine
A simple recipe for making mulled wine perfectly.
We are very happy to be supporting Drinklusive - a fantastic initiative by The Three Drinkers and Aidy Smith to promote inclusivity in drinks media. All mentees taking part in the programme will have the opportunity to complete the WSET Level 2 and 3 Awards in Wines and in Spirits, while also receiving guidance from leading industry figures.
The Three Drinkers launch Drinklusive mentorship with The Independent
The new initiave will cover training and sessions with leading figures in the industry
Lauren Denyer, expert on all things sparkling, shared her top tips for the festive season with ONIN London 🥂
Lauren Denyer, Wine Educator at WSET shares her top tips for Bubbly this year! - ON IN LONDON
Lauren Denyer, Wine Educator at WSET says it’s time to pop the corks, the festive fizzy season is upon us. There is no better way to celebrate than with some delicious glasses of bubbles! Champagne or Prosecco will be on the shopping list for most but the range of super sparklings is huge. Look a ...
𝙇𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬 𝙤𝙛 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙇𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡 1 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝘽𝙚𝙚𝙧? 🍻
Following our introduction to beer ingredients (linked in this blog post in case you missed it!), we're looking at some of the main beer styles. From clear, gold pilsners to opaque, black stouts, this is just a hint of what you'll explore, and taste, during Level 1.
A beginner's guide to beer styles
There are many options available to brewers when making beer and these options can lead to a huge range of colours, aromas, tastes and textures, as you’re about to find out. What follows is a brief introduction to a range of beer styles grouped by the key ingredient that influences each style.
🥃 Bourbon is one of the most popular and versatile spirits in the world, with a rich history and a distinctive flavour profile. To celebrate its diversity, we asked a few experts for their best Bourbon cocktail recipes. Whether you prefer a classic like the Old Fashioned, or the Kentucky Derby favourite Mint Julep, our guide to Bourbon cocktails is here to inspire you throughout the festive season 🥃
Crafting Excellence: Drinks to Make with Bourbon
Bourbon is one of the most popular and versatile spirits in the world, with a rich history and a distinctive flavour profile. In this blog post, we will explore some of the best drinks to make with bourbon, and share some tips on how to elevate your mixology skills with this great American whiskey.
On Monday 27 November, we kicked off our brand new webinar series of industry talks with Sipping sustainably: Navigating climate change in the drinks industry. Catch up on our webinar, hosted in partnership with Sustainable Wine Roundtable, where we explored the action collectively needed from the drinks industry to combat the impact of climate change. And keep an eye out for more announcements about the next webinar in the series 💬
WSET Industry Talk - Sipping Sustainably: Navigating climate change in the drinks industry
WSET launches its new Industry Talks series looking at the impact of climate change across the global drinks industry.Extreme weather is changing the way cro...
From France to South Africa, the popularity of rosé wines seems to only be increasing. But do you know how rosé is made, or how the styles from various countries differ? This guide of ours can be seen as an introduction to rosé, covering the production methods, and styles from around the world. Where is your favourite rosé from?
Exploring rosé wine from around the world
Rosé wine comes in a broad range of spectrums, most noticeably colour intensity. Rosé can come from black grape varieties and range from dry to tart, sweet or even sparkling. Not only does rosé come in different styles, but it also comes from all over the world - either from black or a blend with...
In case you missed it, our brand new beer courses are launching early next year! We're building up to the official launch with a series of introductory beer blogs to whet your appetite. Wondering how the specific levels of bitterness are achieved, or what a specialty malt is? Look no further!
What is beer? A beginner’s guide
Despite beer styles having different colours, aromas and flavours, there are four key ingredients that nearly all beers have in common. What are they and how do they influence beer’s flavour profile?
We’re excited to announce the return of our annual festive fundraiser and invite you to join our evening of drinks, games and boozy brainteasers. Pit yourself against a team of WSET School London educators, and stand the chance of winning some fantastic prizes 👏
The event is taking place at WSET School London on Monday, 11 December. Click below to register!
Quiz night and festive fundraiser
Come along to our annual charity event and put your knowledge of grape and grain to the test.